Functional magnetic resonance imaging of brocas area during internal speech

Richard M. Hinke, Xiaoping Hu, Arthur E. Stillman, Seong Gi Kim, Hellmut Merkle, Robert Salmi, Kamil Ugurbil

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Conventional gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 4 Tesla was used successfully to study the activity of Broca's area during internal speech word generation in healthy right-handed volunteers. Activity was demonstrated in the internal gray matter surrounding the ascending ramus of the lateral sulcus, deep to the cortical surface representation of Broca's area, in all the subjects. These studies demonstrate the capability of functional MRI to non-invasively map language related cognitive functions. Such functional mapping has value for both the study of basic neuroscience and neurosurgical planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-678
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1993


  • Broca's area
  • Cognition
  • Cortical activation
  • Functional imaging
  • Internal speech
  • Magnetic resonance imaging


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